Academy for Community Entrepreneurs (ACE) instills the foundations of successful entrepreneur development including strategic business planning, marketing, and resource management. ACE is a Central Community House initiative to help budding or existing entrepreneurs overcome the challenges to small business success. It is a collaborative endeavor, bringing together the best industry experts Columbus has to offer.


Entrepreneurship courses will be taught by Deonna Barnett of Aventi Enterprises. Susan Colbert of the OSU Extension will teach money management modules. Creative industry networking and expertise will be offered by Central’s Jackie Calderone, Director of Transit Arts. Access to capital resources will be provided by the Economic and Community Development Institute (ECDI).¬†

ACE Orientations*

All ACE orientations are being conducted online via Zoom. Sign up here for an upcoming orientation.

Upcoming ACE Orientation Dates

  • Tuesday, June 16 | 6:00 – 7:00 PM
  • Friday, June 19 | 10:00 – 11:00 AM
  • Tuesday, July 7 | 6:00 – 7:00 PM
  • Friday, July 17 | 10:00 – 11:00 AM

Business Planning Cohorts

Cohort 1 Online Meeting – Every Saturday for 6 Weeks

May 2, 2020 through June 13, 2020 at 10:00 am

For more information contact: or (614) 560-1705